KOFO Local News

Wichita boy, 7, injured in truck accident

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

BURLINGTON — A 7-year-old Wichita boy was taken to Coffey County Hospital in Burlington after a semi-truck tipped over Monday night south of Wolf Lake. James Noonan, 34, Wichita, was driving a semi-truck east on 11th Road about three miles east of Burlington when his truck and trailer flipped over on their sides while he was going around a turn, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The boy, Tucker Noonan, was a passenger and was injured when the truck tipped. The elder Noonan and two other children riding in the truck weren’t injured. They were all wearing seat belts, the highway patrol said.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Street and sidewalk ramp work under way

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — Contractors have started patching some city streets and building new sidewalk ramps. The city said crews will patch North Cherry Street between Powhattan and Blackhawk, and Willow street between Ninth and 14 streets. Crews will alert residents in each block as work proceeds. Crews will also build sidewalk ramps on Ash Street between Second and 10th, Cedar Street between 8th and 15th, Walnut between Fifth and Seventh, willow street between Seventh and 14th , Wilson between Birch and Cedar, and North Cherry Street between Powhattan and Blackhawk. The city said the work should be done by Oct. 15.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Winfield woman sentenced in Osage County for Medicaid fraud

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

LYNDON — A Winfield woman was sentenced Monday for Medicaid fraud in Osage County. Sherry Benson, 41, was ordered to repay nearly $5,400 to the Kansas Medicaid program after pleading no contest to fraud charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Benson was sentenced to 12 months of probation. Benson was employed as a personal care attendant and billed the Medicaid program two years ago for more than 400 hours of services she didn’t provide, Schmidt said. He said the person Benson claimed to be caring for was behind bars in Oklahoma during the time she billed for the services.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

KU study: Practice makes perfect, especially for second languages

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

LAWRENCE — Practice makes perfect, even when it comes to learning a second language. Most experts say that people have to learn second languages before they reach puberty to learn those languages as perfectly as native speakers. However, a study by researchers at Kansas University indicates that’s not always the case. Using brain imaging, the trio of KU researchers examined how the brain processes a second language. They found that in some cases, the brain patterns of adults who learn second languages are the same as native speakers. The research by Robert Fiorentino, Alison Gabriele and José Alemán Bañón, was published this month in the journal “Second Language Research.” They tested 26 English-speakers who learned Spanish when they were teens or older but used Spanish on a daily basis and had spent an average of a year and a half in a Spanish-speaking country. The test results were compared with 24 people who grew up in Spanish-speaking countries and stayed in their home countries until they were at least 17.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

ECKAN taking applications for school supplies

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — ECKAN will take applications for school supplies from now until July 31. Applications must be made at ECKAN offices at the Don Woodward Community Center Monday-Friday, from 8 to noon and 1 to 5. Applicants must meet the federal poverty income guidelines. Proof of income is required. School supplies will be distributed to households 1-5 p.m. Aug. 8 at ECKAN’s Woodward Center offices, ECKAN said.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Case involving fire, explosions to be back in court

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man will be back in court in connection with an explosion and fire in a house in the 900 block of North Oak in Ottawa in late May. Jason Graves has been charged with arson and two counts of possession of explosives. He will be back in court July 28. He remains in jail.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Melvern voters to decide on one-cent sales tax

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

MELVERN — Following a vote of the city council, Melvern voters will decide in Movember on whether to have a city sales tax of one cent. The state estimates the one-cent tax would raise $16,500. The city council would earmark the proceeds to street repairs and utilities.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Jury trial set in DUI death

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man charged with killing another Ottawa man in a traffic accident southeast of Centropolis last September has pleaded not guilty and has requested a jury trial. Eric Davis is charged with involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence in connection with the death of Fames Richey. The trial will be Sept. 8. The Franklin County Sheriff’s office said Davis was driving along Iowa Road when he lost control of his SUV. It went off the road, rolled over and hit at least three trees. Richey was a passenger in the SUV and was killed. Davis and another passenger were injured.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Defendant agrees to plea deal in VFW robbery

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — A man charged in the robbery of the Ottawa VFW post earlier this year has pleaded no contest to trying to elude officers as part of a plea deal in Franklin County District Court. Charges of theft and possession of marijuana against Wyatt Clear were dropped as part of the deal. Sentencing will be Aug. 25.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Man charged in wild chase two years ago now in jail facing charges

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — A man accused of being the driver who escaped from Ottawa police and Franklin County deputies after a wild chase through Ottawa streets and backyards, and county roads and fields, two years ago is in jail. Anthony West was arrested last week and will be in court Wednesday for a hearing on a laundry list of charges resulting from the high speed chase in June 2012. After a police officer tried to pull over the driver concerning a stolen vehicle report, the driver took off and blasted down quiet city streets at a high rate of speed and without his lights on. The officer later ended the chase. The driver was later spotted by a deputy who chased him into the county. The driver went across a farm field and later returned into the city, where he went down the Prairie Spirit Trail,hit a utility pole, drove across Kanza Park and hit the back of a house. The driver stole a pickup at the house and drove through yards in his successful attempt to escape.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

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